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Earth Science Institute of the SAS
An analysis of robustness of selected structural parameters in relation to earthquake ground motion in local near-surface structures with stochastic perturbations of material parameters
Analýza robustnosti vybraných štrukturálnych parametrov vo vzťahu k seizmickému pohybu v lokálnych povrchových štruktúrach so stochastickými perturbáciami materiálových parametrov.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Gális Martin PhD.
Annotation:Sufficiently accurate estimates of earthquake ground motion (EGM) at a site of interest is important for mitigation of potential damage during future earthquakes. EGM and associated damage during an earthquake can be significantly affected by site effects (e.g., an anomalous amplification of EGM). Key structural parameters, with potential to cause site effects, were identified using extensive numerical simulations of EGM performed in the framework of projects NERA (FP7) and SIGMA (EDF, CEA, Areva, ENEL). The simulations and analysis focused on deterministic models. An ongoing ID-Effects project (APVV) investigates also random variations of small-scale heterogeneities of material parameters (e.g., seismic wave speeds). The stochastic character of the variations requires an additional specific analysis. The most important aspect of the additional investigation is analysis of stability of the key structural parameters in complex stochastic models.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023
Temporal and spatial changes in the composition of benthic algal-dominated assemblages of the Vienna Basin and Carpathian Foredeep during the Middle Miocene
Časové a priestorové zmeny v zložení bentických spoločenstiev dominantných s koralinnými riasami Viedenskej panvy a Karpatskej priehlbiny v strednom miocéne.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Hrabovský Juraj PhD.
Annotation:Coralline red algae represent common and often dominant constituents of the modern and fossil benthic communities. Their potential for the reconstructions of environmental and paleoecological changes during the Middle Miocene of the Vienna basin and Carpathian Foredeep remains poorly explored. This research project focuses on 1) taxonomy of corallines from newly sampled samples, unpublished core material, and revision of older thin-section material, 2) analysis of community structure and composition on the basis of species, morphotype abundance and non-algal components on the basis of thin-sections, 3) identification of environmental and temporal variation in their composition. Our goal is to determine changes in the composition of the algal limestones along the latitudinal transect in the Vienna Basin and Carpathian Foredeep during the Middle Miocene on the basis of the actualistic and functional-morphological principles, microfacies, sequence-stratigraphy, biogeographical analyses and geochemical methods.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021
Extensometric measurements and interpretation of the periodical and non periodical deformation of the Earth´s crust in the Western Carpathian region
Extenzometrické merania a interpretácia periodických a neperiodických deformácií zemskej kôry v oblasti Západných Karpát
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Dérerová Jana PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
Genesis and evolutionary stages of the granite massif in the Tatric part of the Nízke Tatry Mts.
Genéza a evolučné štádiá granitového masívu tatrickej časti Nízkych
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Broska Igor DrSc.
Annotation:Project is focused on solution of genesis and evolution of granite massif in the Tatric part of the Nízke Tatry Mountains where up to now seven granite types were recognised. In spite of the importance of this large granite massif the modern complex geochemical and petrological analysis along with modern geochronology and solving genetic time sequence (mainly on the basis of the monazite chemical dating and isotopic zircon analysis) still absents. The new obtained data for the granite massif of the Nizke Tatry Mts., which has been repeatedly metamorphosed and has metallogenetic significance, will be correlated with the granites in the rest of the West-Carpathian crystalline basement and also with the Variscan Europe.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023
Geophysical multi.parametric modelling of the Earth´s crust and upper mantle in Slovakia
Geofyzikálne multiparametrické modelovanie štruktúry zemskej kôry a vrchného plášťa Slovenska
Program: SRDA
Project leader: RNDr. Vozár Ján PhD.
Annotation:In the proposed project we will use multi-parametric joint modelling to obtain information about crustal and upper mantle structures in Slovakia. The primary focus of the project will be on central and eastern Slovakia due to existence of seven measured magnetotelluric (MT) profiles and several seismic sections together with gravimetric data good spatial coverage. In addition to MT, we will use additional geophysical methods (e.g. gravimetric, seismic and geothermal) in joint modelling of old and newly collected data, and regional tectonic information, which will allow interpretation of crustal and also mantle structures. The actual geological methods (geological cross-sections) and data from boreholes will provide information on the structure to depths up to few kilometres. The resulting geophysical-geological models of the selected profiles, complemented by 3D models of selected areas and thermal data will not only provide scientific benefits, but they can also be used in various spheres of economic activity (large constructions, searching for underground water and raw material resources, geothermal energy, etc.). The project’s main objective is the construction of a new comprehensive geophysical model and interpretation of shallow and deep structures of the lithosphere in central and eastern Slovakia. By applying multi-parametric joint inversion scheme (integrated modelling of various measured geophysical data and relevant tectonic models) we will take into account the interdependence and coupling among various geophysical, tectonic and petrological information. The benefits of this modelling consist in possibility to obtain more accurate information on the spatial distribution of geological bodies, tectonic structures and new information about the relationships between the physical parameters of the rocks. Final project outputs will be geophysical and geological multi-dimensional models of the earth's crust and mantle of a given territory.
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 30.6.2021
Rock-forming and accessory minerals during retrogression of high-grade metamorphic and metamagmatic rocks from orogenic belts.
Horninotvorné a akcesorické minerály počas retrogresie vysokostupňových metamagmatických a metamorfovaných hornín
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Petrík Igor DrSc.
Annotation:Subduction of rocks in orogenic belts followed by exhumation is manifested by re-equilibration of mineral associations first to adapt to ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) conditions of eclogite facies, then to the conditions of lower pressure but high temperature granulite facies. Re-equilibration may almost fully obliterate previous UHP history, however, some accessory minerals and inclusions in garnet still witness previous high pressure. Project is oriented to finding, identification of such minerals, diamonds, fluid inclusions, Ca-rich garnet relics, phengites, (U)HP monazites, which can be chemically dated. We shall study mostly diamond-bearing rokcs from the Caledonides (Sweden, Norway), i.e. the orogenic belt, which has not experienced any subsequent orogeny. On the contrary, Western Carpathians, rocks of the northern Veporic zone, recorded three orogens, Ordovician, Variscan and Alpine (Cretaceous) and represent a challenge – to distinguish these events according to the ages and metamorphic degree.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021
Density analysis of the rock environment based on surface and underground gravity measurements
Hustotná analýza horninového prostredia na základe povrchových a podzemných gravimetrických meraní.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Zahorec Pavol PhD.
Annotation:Density of rocks is a basic parameter characterizing the rock environment from the point of view of gravimetry. Its correct estimation for a given area is a necessary condition for correct processing and interpretation of gravimetric measurements. In the case of Slovakia that fact is emphasized by the rugged mountainous character of our territory, and at the same time complicated geological structure of the Western Carpathians. It is known that laboratory density analyzes of rock samples do not always reflect the natural density properties of the rocks. For that reason methods of direct analysis of gravimetric measurements are becoming increasingly important. In particular, the combination of surface and underground gravimetric measurements is a very suitable approach. The aim of the project will be to develop this methodology using the most modern geophysical and geodetic methods. The subject of the research will also be the application of the above-mentioned methodology in the archaeological research.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023
Chronology of global events in Tethyan and Parathethyan basins of the Western Carpathians infered from evolution and life environments of fossil planktonic organisms.
Chronológia globálnych udalostí v tethýdnych a paratethýdnych panvách Západných Karpát na základe evolučného vývoja a životných podmienok fosílnych planktonických organizmov.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. RNDr. Soták Ján DrSc.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023
Immobilization of potentially toxic elements in contaminated soils at important Cu-deposits of Europe
Imobilizácia potenciálne toxických prvkov v kontaminovaných pôdach na významných Cu-ložiskách Európy
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Luptáková Jarmila PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022
Integration of latest findings and approaches of gravimetry, geothermics and deep seismics for determining lithospheric structure and tectonics focusing on Western Carpathians
Integrácia najnovších poznatkov a interpretačných prístupov gravimetrie, geotermiky a hlbinnej seizmiky pre určenie stavby a tektoniky litosféry s dôrazom na Západné Karpaty
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Vajda Peter PhD.
Annotation:Integration of the most recent knowledge, findings, and interpretation approaches to investigating the geological structure and tectonic processes of the lithosphere of the Western Carpathians by means of gravimetry, geothermics, deep seismics, structural geology and tectonics. To study the lithosphere, existing available geophysical data as well as geological and tectonic models will be reinterpreted utilizing the most recent approaches and modeling tools. New 2D and 3D crustal and upper mantle models shall be created including refined Moho and LAB. Our reinterpretation will lean on most recent findings from geothermic modeling and magnetotelluric exploration achieved over latest years at our institute. The final lithospheric geological-geophysical models will draw from the results of regional geologic and tectonic investigations. The project aims at improving the quality of basic earth science research in Slovakia. We assume also deliverables in terms of exploiting geo-sources and renewable energy.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022
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Komplexná analýza vplyvu rastúcej teploty vzduchu na extremalitu zrážok na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Onderka Milan PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2023
Quaternary climate changes in isotope archives of Slovak caves
Kvartérne klimatické zmeny v izotopových archívoch slovenských jaskýň
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Milovský Rastislav PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021
Fine laminated deposits - a tool for chronology of the latest Pleistocene climatic events in the Tatra Mts.
Laminované sedimenty – nástroj pre chronológiu klimatických eventov v Tatrách na konci pleistocénu
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Dr. Kyška-Pipík Radovan PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2023
Magnetotelluric modeling of deep tectonic structures at the European pltform and Carpathian block interface.
Magnetotelurické modelovanie hlbokých tektonických štruktúr na kontakte Európskej platformy a Karpatského bloku.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Bezák Vladimír CSc.
Annotation:The development during the youngest phases of the current orogeny of the Western Carpathians is atypical compared to the other young orogeny in the world. The cause is the oblique collision of the Carpathian block with European platform leading to the formation of highly complex subsurface tectonic structures at the interface of these two plates. It is also important to trace the manifestations of this oblique collision in the deep tectonic structures. This is only possible through geophysical methods. The project aims to analyze the deep tectonic structures at the interface between European platform and Carpathian block by magnetotelluric modeling using seismic, gravimetric and magnetic data.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023
Metamorphic processes in collisional orogenic zones
Metamorfné procesy v kolíznych orogénnych zónach
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Janák Marian DrSc.
Annotation:The project deals with metamorphic processes in collisional orogenic zones, mainly ultrahigh-pressure metamoprhism (UHPM). Several types of rocks - eclogites, garnet peridotites, gneisses, granulites and migmatites will be investigated in selected terrains including the Western Carpathians, Eastern Alps (Pohorje), Scandinavian Caledonides and Rhodopes. Major objectives of the project include phase relations of mineral assemblages and thermodynamic (P-T-X) conditions during subduction and exhumation. A special attention will be paid to identification of ultrahigh- pressure phases including microdiamonds. Detailed study of accessory minerals (monazite, zircon, rutile) will be focused on their stability in metamorphic processes with implications for geochronological dating and reconstruction of the P-T-t paths. The project will be carried out using modern and innovative methods and the outputs from the project may expand knowledge on geodynamic evolution of Earth´s lithosphere in collisional orogenic zones.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2023
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Mineralógia a genéza drahokovovej epitermálnej Au-Ag mineralizácie v JZ časti štiavnického stratovulkánu (oblasť Rudno-Pukanec)
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Mikuš Tomáš PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.12.2022
Multidisciplinary research of geophysical and structural parameters, and environmental impacts of faults of the Western Carpathians
Multidisciplinárny výskum geofyzikálno-štruktúrnych parametrov a environmentálneho vplyvu zlomov Západných Karpát
Program: SRDA
Project leader: RNDr. Madarás Ján PhD.
Annotation:Data concerning faults and their parameters is important information for basic geological research as well as for landscape planning, building activities and assessment of health and natural hazards of geological environment. Ambition of the project is to localize the trace and to identify some spatial, structural, physical, dynamic and age parameters of selected dislocations using combination of multidisciplinary field research methods. Selected faults will be mapped by geophysical field survey methods in combination with bio-detection, detected by radon (Rn) emanations measurements and by means of remote sensing (RS) and digital terrain model (DTM) images, investigated structurally and some of them will be dated. The recent activity of selected fault(s) will be monitored by measurements of seismic events, by analysis of both their focal mechanisms and historical earthquakes and by periodical geodetic measurements based on GNSS technology. First time, for the detection of recent vertical movement along specific fault (the Vikartovce fault in the Tatra region), the very accurate measurements of gravity values will be applied in the Western Carpathians. Fault structures will also be evaluated in relation to some large crustal discontinuities, whose surficial expressions are brittle faults, and which are reflected in anisothropies of lithospheric geophysical fields (recorded in seismic, gravimetric, geo-electric, magnetic and magnetoteluric sections and maps). Expected results of the project will be the structural schemes of accurate traces of studied discontinuites with their specified parameters (inclination, fault damage zone width and character, permeability for fluids, saturation by water, Rn emanations, kinematics, relation to slopes instabilities, recent activity). Potential impact of fault structures on population health will be investigated by radioactivity measurements at residences situated in touch with detected traces of faults with recorded Rn values.
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 30.6.2021
New Bouguer anomaly map of the Alpine-Carpathian area: a tool for gravity and tectonic applications
Nová mapa Bouguerových anomálií alpsko-karpatskej oblasti: nástroj pre gravimetrické a tektonické aplikácie
Program: SRDA
Project leader: Mgr. Zahorec Pavol PhD.
Annotation:Exact calculation of the complete Bouguer anomalies (CBA) plays an important role in applied gravimetry, whereas these serve as the main input into geological, structural and tectonic interpretation (in CBA maps all non-geological influences – mainly the manifestation of relief - are suppresed and the density inhomogeneities in lithosphere structure are displayed). The team of investigators of the submitted project was invited in the frame of an European initiative (AlpArray Gravity Research Group) with the aim to create a new map of CBA from the Alpine-Carpathian area. Up to day published solutions, coming from the so-called „Slovak gravimetric school“ (e.g.: reambulation of gravimetric databases on the national level, calculation of near and distant topographic effects, regularized, transformations of potential fields, 3D complex density modelling with the introduction of the geological corrections, stripping of gravimetric fields) could be further developed and applied during the tectonic interpretation of the new CBA map from the Alpine-Carpathian region with the aim to improve the knowledge about Alpine orogenesis and its relation to the upper-mantle dynamics. As a part of the project, there are planned also verification field measurements, which can contribute to the improvement of the precision of the gravimetrical dataset of the Alpine- Carpathian area. Project has chance to develop the methodics of CBA calculation in high-mountains environment using the concept of ellipsoidal heights and to deliver to other experts an unique new gravimetric map from the region of Western and Central Europe. Main output of the project will be the new CBA map from the Alpine- Carpathian region in a digital format (grid 4x4 km), which will be provided for a realisation of gravimetric, geodynamic, exploration, geothermal and other studies and researches. Additional outputs of the project will be the transformed maps (grids) of CBA field.
Duration: 1.7.2020 - 30.6.2024
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Objemová aktivita radónu vo vybraných sprístupnených jaskyniach na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing., RNDr. Smetanová Iveta PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
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Odozva borovice horskej – kosodreviny na stresové faktory v horských oblastiach Západných Karpát
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing. Lukasová Veronika PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
Evaluating preservation potential of benthic responses to hypoxic and anoxic events in the fossil record
Potenciál na zachovanie hypoxických a anoxických eventov a ich účinkov na bentické spoločenstvá vo fosílnom zázname
Program: SRDA
Project leader: Mgr. Tomašových Adam PhD.
Annotation:Anoxia and hypoxia can severely reduce ecosystem functioning and increase probabilities of species extinction. The effects of oxygen depletion on benthic communities can lead to preservation of laminated strata, small size of macrobenthic organisms, outbreaks of hypoxia-tolerant, opportunistic species, and high concentrations of organic matter. However, the preservability of benthic responses to anoxia or hypoxia in the fossil record will be low if, after the renewal of oxygen concentrations, recovery time for burrowing organisms is relatively long, the depth of bioturbation is relatively large, and/or background sedimentation rates are too slow so that post-event bioturbation will lead to high time averaging, i.e., stratigraphic mixing of hypoxia-tolerant species with hypoxia-sensitive species. The ratio of sedimentation to bioturbation intensity is one of the key variables determining the preservation potential of such events in the fossil record. In this project, we will provide constraints on the range of sedimentary and mixing conditions under which benthic responses to hypoxia or anoxia can be preserved, and thus improve the identifiability of anoxic or hypoxic crises in the fossil record. First, we will evaluate preservation potential of benthic abundance and size patterns responding to oxygen depletion in sediment cores from two continental shelves, including (1) the southern California Shelf and (2) the Adriatic Sea. Second, we will assess patterns in size and abundance of benthic communities in stratigraphic successions characterized by alternations of normoxic, hypoxic, and anoxic conditions in semi-enclosed basins from the Late Triasic, Early Jurassic, and Middle Miocene. We will investigate the scales of time averaging and burial and mixing rates in Holocene sediment cores, and spatial and temporal gradients in size, abundance, and growth rate of benthic groups in habitats with varying organic enrichment and oxygen concentrations in the fossil record.
Duration: 1.11.2018 - 30.6.2022
Preservation potential and effects of hypoxic events on benthic communities in the fossil record
Potenciál na zachovanie hypoxických eventov a ich účinok na bentické spoločenstvá vo fosílnom zázname
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Tomašových Adam PhD.
Annotation:Hypoxic events can strongly reduce productivity and nutrient recycling in ecosystems and increase probability of species extinctions. Preservation potential of hypoxic events in the fossil record can be low if there is a relatively long time for ecosystem recovery in the wake of oxygen depletion, if depth of bioturbation is large, and/or if sedimentation rate is very slow. In this project, we will use actualistic and paleoecological methods to determine conditions under which benthic responses to hypoxic events can be preserved in the fossil record. First, we will assess preservation potential of benthic respones to hypoxia in Holocene sediments on continental shelves off southern California and in the Adriatic Sea. Second, we will evaluate temporal and spatial variability in the composition of benthic communities in successions characterized by alternations of normoxic and hypoxic conditions in semi-enclosed basins during the Triassic and Early Jurassic (Alps) and Miocene (Vienna and Korneuburg basins).
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022
Variability of geomagnetic field in various time scales from the point of view of physical causes
Premenlivosť geomagnetického poľa v rôznych časových škálach z pohľadu fyzikálnych príčin
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Revallo Miloš PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2023
Radon in caves and mines – Portugese and Slovak case studies
Radón v jaskynných a banských priestoroch – portugalská a slovenská prípadová štúdia
Program: SRDA
Project leader: Ing., RNDr. Smetanová Iveta PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021
Early Alpidic tectonic evolution and palaeogeography of the Western Carpathians
Rannoalpídny tektonický vývoj a paleogeografia Západných Karpát
Program: SRDA
Project leader: Mgr. Madzin Jozef PhD.
Duration: 1.8.2018 - 31.7.2022
Rifting and subsidence history of back-arc basins across the Western Carpathians
Rifting a subsidenčná história zaoblúkových paniev Západných Karpát
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Kotulová Júlia PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
Sedimentary paleoenvironments and transport-depositional mechanisms in the Paleogene formations of the Central Western Carpathians
Sedimentárne paleoprostredia a transportno-depozičné mechanizmy v paleogénnych súvrstviach Centrálnych Západných Karpát
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Starek Dušan PhD.
Annotation:Paleoenvironmental reconstructions and definition of transport-depositional mechanisms are a key to analyse of sedimentary basins. Implementation of sedimentological, palaeoecological, geochemical and statistical analysis allows to define the fundamental depositional environments, architecture of the sedimentary basin fill, transport-depositional mechanisms as well as genetic facies and their vertical cyclicity within studied Paleogene units in the Central Western Carpathians. Synthesis of data on lateral and vertical development of the paleoenvironments, that is preserved within architectural elements of the basin fill, and transport-depositional specifications will lead to the definition of depositional model of the basin as well as to the clarifying knowledges about autocyclic and alocyclic factors affecting the sedimentation. The acquired knowledge will contribute to the reconstruction of palaeogeography and tectogenesis of the Carpathian Paleogene basins.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021
Recent and historical seismic activity in the Little Carpathians Mts. source zone
Súčasná a historická seizmická aktivita v zdrojovej oblasti Malé Karpaty
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Csicsay Kristián PhD.
Annotation:The Little Carpathians Mts. source zone belongs to the most seismic active regions on the territory of Slovakia. The goal of submitted project is to better understand the seismic regime of this area. The project is focused on acquiring and analyses of geophysical data, mainly seismic monitoring, reinterpretation of macroseismic data and data on historical earthquakes. One of the main intentions of the project is to refine the existing seismotectonic model of the Little Carpathians Mts. source zone. Data obtained within the frame of proposed project belong to the crucial inputs for seismic hazard assessment. The high importance of this analysis for the investigated region is emphasized by vicinity of the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022
Cockroaches from amber II
Šváby zo svetových jantárov II.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Vršanský Peter PhD.
Annotation:Cockroaches are among the most significant groups of terrestrial fossil record and their study in this agency terminated in two successful projects (one selected excellent project of the agency, referenced in Nature, Science, 2x title BBC) . Project is summarising and studying more than 2000 amber cockroaches with at least 1.300 samples from the extremely rare Mesozoic ambers (from time of dinosaurs). Unique study contributes to the knowledge of the amber source ecosystems (paleoecology), detailed phylogenetical analysis (evolution), functional morphology and anatomy of Mesozoic animals including the sensorial systems, having no equivalent. The modest methods including synchrotron and newly developed ad-hoc optical methods are to be used.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021
Ultrahogh-pressure metamorphic rocks and granitoids of colisional orogens: P-T-X conditions, formation of microdiamonds, stability of accessory minerals nd geodynamic evolution
Ultravysokotlakové metamorfované horniny a granitoidy kolíznych orogénov : P-T-X podmienky, tvorba mikrodiamantov, stabilita akcesorických minerálov a geodynamický vývoj
Program: SRDA
Project leader: RNDr. Janák Marian DrSc.
Annotation:The project deals with ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism and granitoid magmatism in collisional orogenic zones. Ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks - eclogites, garnet peridotites, gneisses, granulites and various types of granitoids will be investigated in selected terrains including the Western Carpathians, Eastern Alps (Pohorje), Scandinavian Caledonides and Rhodopes. These will serve as case studies of geodynamic evolution in collisional orogens of different age. Major objectives of the project include phase relations of mineral assemblages and thermodynamic (P-T-X) conditions during subduction and exhumation. A special attention will be paid to identification of ultrahigh- pressure phases to elucidate formation of microdiamonds. There will be a possibility to find new occurrences of UHP rocks. Granitoids of the Western Carpathians will be studied to determine their genesis, age and geotectonic setting with emphasis to solve their geodynamic evolution during Variscan orogeny. Detailed study of accessory minerals (monazite,allanite, rutile, ilmenite, apatite, tourmaline, zircon) will be focused on their stability in magmatic, post-magmatic and metamorphic processes, geochronological dating and reconstruction of the P-T-t paths. The project will be carried out using modern and innovative methods and the outputs from the project may expand knowledge on geodynamic evolution of Earth´s lithosphere in collisional orogenic zones.
Duration: 1.7.2019 - 30.6.2023
Linking the evolution of Mesozoic vertebrates to climate in Eastern Laurasia: High-resolution analysis of unique fossil tissues from Chine
Vplyv klimatických zmien vo východnej Laurázii na evolúciu druhohorných stavovcov: vysokorozlišovacia analýza unikátne fosilizovaných tkanív z Číny.
Program: SRDA
Project leader: Mgr. Milovský Rastislav PhD.
Annotation:The aim of this multidisciplinary research project is to understand the evolutionary dynamics of the Laurasian climate and vertebrate fauna using modern quantitative analytical and imaging techniques and biostatistical processing of fossilized tissues and abiotic structures. The geological setting to be explored in this research comprises the Middle Jurassic to Upper Cretaceous deposits in remote areas of Inner Mongolia and Liaoning provinces in China. The large-scale and vegetation free geological exposures at the surface in this region provide a unique study area within which primary geological data and fossil specimens can easily be collected. As this vast area has remained mostly under-explored, we expect to make new paleontological discoveries of both regional and global importance. This study represents the first time such a synergistic and allencompassing analysis of these important fossil beds has been undertaken. These deposits were formed under very important and unique paleogeographic, environmental and climatic conditions that controlled the regional endemism and faunal and floral turnovers. Dynamics changes of the vertebrate paleofauna determines our major research activities in the field of paleoclimatology, paleogeography, paleobiology, and paleogenomics. Finally, this project has been arranged in collaboration with Inner Mongolia Museum of Natural History, and with Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI Spring-8). We shall use Slovak-Chinese Dinosaur Expeditions (SCDE) as the public relation name of this project for a large-scale dissemination of the project outcomes.
Duration: 1.7.2019 - 30.6.2022
Composition, sources, transport and paleogeographic conditions of deposition of siliciclastic material in Triassic/Jurassic boundary formation of units of the Tatra Mts
Zloženie, zdroje, transport a paleogeografické podmienky sedimentácie siliciklastického materiálu v triasovo/jurských hraničných súvrstviach jednotiek oblasti Tatier
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Vďačný Marek PhD.
Annotation:Significant environmental and evolution events took place during the Triassic/Jurassic boundary. Profile studies of the Triassic/Jurassic boundary formations of the Western Carpathians are therefore of a high importance. In viewpoint of evaluation of paleogeographic, paleoecologic and especially paleoclimatic conditions and their changes during the Triassic/Jurassic boundary, they represent important formations. Therefore, the project aims to solve problems of composition, sources and material transport of the Triassic/Jurassic boundary formations in the Vysoké Tatry Mts, using complex petrographic and geochemical approaches. Moreover, it will clarify the weathering intensity in the source area, paleoclimatic conditions, tectonic mobility, and geodynamic developments and test the validity of existing paleogeographic models.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

The total number of projects: 32